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Rapid Reaction: UB 41, Ohio 17

The University at Buffalo took advantage of two defensive touchdowns to rout Ohio University, 41-17, at UB Stadium Saturday.

Sophomore safety Ryan Williamson caught a deflected pass and returned it 15 yards for a TD in the first quarter. Junior linebacker Okezie Alozie stepped in front of an ill-advised hitch pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

UB has six defensive touchdowns on the season.

The Bulls improved to 3-4. Ohio fell to 5-3.

Players of the game: UB's defensive tackling machines were superb. UB middle linebacker Nick Gilbo had a career-high 15 tackles. UB outside linebacker Brandon Berry had 13 tackles, hitting double figures for a fifth straight game.

What it means: UB’s bowl hopes aren’t dead yet. The second half of UB’s schedule is easier than the first half. The Bulls would need to win four of the last five to have a good shot at a bowl.

Run game is back: UB’s Jordan Johnson made his first career start and rushed 29 times for a career-high 147 yards.

Shutdown corner: Boise Ross had two more pass breakups, giving him 16 for the season, which already ties the UB single-season record. That mark also is shared by Dave Short (1990) and Najja Johnson (2011).

Unsung: Red-shirt freshman Adam Mitcheson made field goals of 35 and 24 yards and saw one try blocked. Mitcheson is 9 of 12 on the season.

Not so fast: Ohio had outscored foes, 56-6, in the first quarter and scored on its opening drive for the fifth time in eight games. But UB led, 14-7, after 15 minutes.

Lineups: Anthone Taylor (ankle) dressed but did not play for UB. . . . Ohio started red-shirt sophomore Chad Moore at middle linebacker in place of injured star Quentin Poling. Running back A.J. Ouellette played a little both ways for Ohio, filling in at middle linebacker. Ohio also was without injured No. 2 RB Papi White. . . . Junior Roubbens Joseph saw some action for UB in relief of Dillon Guy at right guard.

In the house: Paid attendance was 17,128.

Next up: UB has a short turnaround. The Bulls must travel to Miami University Thursday for a game against the RedHawks (1-7).

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